Linear Technology Reports Quarterly Modest Increases in Revenues and Net Income

Linear Technology Reports Quarterly Modest Increases in Revenues and Net Income

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Linear Technology Corporation (NAS: LLTC) , a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Quarterly revenues of $335.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 increased $5.1 million or 1.6% over the previous quarter's revenue of $330.0 million and increased $5.2 million or 1.6% over $329.9 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. Net income of $105.2 million increased $1.9 million or 2% over the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 and decreased $3.2 million or 3% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. Diluted earnings per share of $0.45 per share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 increased $0.01 per share or 2% over the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 and declined $0.02 per share or 4% from the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.

During the first quarter the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities increased by $116.9 million to $1.3 billion. A cash dividend of $0.25 per share will be paid on November 28, 2012 to stockholders of record on November 16, 2012. The Board of Directors authorized the Company to purchase, depending on market conditions, up to 10 million shares of its outstanding common stock in the open market over the next two years.


According to Lothar Maier, CEO, "We met the midpoint of our revenue guidance for our first fiscal quarter of 2013, as sales grew 1.6% compared to the preceding fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. In addition, net income improved and operating income as a percent of sales improved to 46.3%. Though we are pleased with these results, external global market conditions have continued to weaken. While the automotive market continues to show strength on higher bookings, this increase was offset by lower bookings in our other major markets, particularly the industrial and computer markets. Forecasting continues to be difficult in the current environment. Though customer inventory levels appear to be at reasonable levels, demand continues to be sluggish and orders have not shown signs of improvement as we begin the second quarter. Given this weakness, we expect that this will be a difficult quarter as we remain cautious about the economy and the global market. As a result, we currently are forecasting our revenues to decline sequentially in the 5% - 10% range in our second fiscal quarter of 2013."

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements. In particular, the statements regarding the demand for our products, our customers' ordering patterns and the anticipated trends in our sales and profits are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are dependent on certain risks and uncertainties, including such factors, among others, as the timing, volume and pricing of new orders received and shipped, the timely introduction of new processes and products, general and country specific conditions in the world economy and financial markets and other factors described in our 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 1, 2012.

Company officials will be discussing these results in greater detail in a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Time. Those investors wishing to listen in may call (913) 312-1443, or toll free (888) 737-3705 before 8:15 a.m. to be included in the audience. There will be a live webcast of this conference call that can be accessed through www.linear.com or www.streetevents.com. A replay of the conference call will be available from October 17, 2012 through October 23, 2012. You may access the archive by calling (719) 457-0820 or toll free (888) 203-1112 and entering reservation #4942174. An archive of the webcast will also be available at www.linear.com and www.streetevents.com as of October 17, 2012 until the first quarter earnings release next year.

Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for three decades. The Company's products provide an essential bridge between our analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking, industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs, µModulesubsystems, and wireless sensor network products. For more information, visit www.linear.com.

For further information contact Paul Coghlan at Linear Technology Corporation, 1630 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, California 95035-7417, (408) 432-1900.

LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


U.S. GAAP (unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2012

July 1, 2012

October 2, 2011

Revenues

$

335,148

$

330,011

$

329,920

Cost of sales (1)

83,758

81,263

79,793

Gross profit

251,390

248,748

250,127

Expenses:

Research & development (1)

58,803

59,479

54,889

Selling, general & administrative (1)

37,504

37,803

37,672

96,307

97,282

92,561

Operating income

155,083

151,466

157,566

Interest expense

(6,855

)

(6,881

)

(6,941

)

Amortization of debt discount(2)

(5,146

)

(5,073

)

(4,862

)

Interest and other income

1,003

1,067

1,221

Income before income taxes

144,085

140,579

146,984

Provision for income taxes

38,903

37,253

38,583

Net income

$

105,182

$

103,326

$

108,401

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.45

$

0.44

$

0.47

Diluted

$

0.45

$

0.44

$

0.47

Shares used in determining earnings per share:

Basic

234,990

234,290

231,863

Diluted

236,010

235,297

232,985

Includes the following non-cash charges:

(1) Stock-based compensation

Cost of sales

$

1,970

$

1,929

$

1,904

Research & development

9,196

9,017

8,887

Selling, general & administrative

4,745

4,649

4,586

(2) Amortization of debt discount (non-cash interest expense)

5,146

5,073

4,862

LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)


U.S. GAAP (unaudited)

September 30,
2012

July 1,
2012

ASSETS:

Current assets:

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

$

1,319,961

$

1,203,059

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful

accounts of $2,035 ($2,035 at July 1, 2012)

152,423

153,090

Inventories

81,700

79,664

Deferred tax assets and other current assets

69,898

69,597

Total current assets

1,623,982

1,505,410

Property, plant & equipment, net

311,221

320,222

Other noncurrent assets

22,997

25,436

Total assets

$

1,958,200

$

1,851,068

LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

10,929

$ 11,459

Accrued income taxes, payroll & other accrued liabilities

147,043

117,789

Deferred income on shipments to distributors

42,407

41,333

Total current liabilities

200,379

170,581

Convertible senior notes

810,746

805,599

Deferred tax and other noncurrent liabilities

143,381

138,380

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock

1,612,585

1,588,045

Accumulated deficit

(809,363

)

(851,702

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

472

165

Total stockholders' equity

803,694

736,508

$

1,958,200

$ 1,851,068

LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2012

July 1, 2012

October 2, 2011

Reported net income

(GAAP basis)

$

105,182

$

103,326

$

108,401

Stock-based compensation

15,911

15,595

15,377

Amortization of debt discount(1)

5,146

5,073

4,862

Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

(5,685

)

(5,477

)

(5,313

)

Non-GAAP net income

$

120,554

$

118,517

$

123,327

Non-GAAP earnings per share

Basic

$

0.51

$

0.51

$

0.53

Diluted

$

0.51

$

0.50

$

0.53

1) Amortization of debt discount is non-cash interest expense related to the Company's Convertible Senior Notes.

The Company's non-GAAP measures set forth above exclude charges related to stock-based compensation, the amortization of the Company's debt discount which is a non-cash interest expense and the non-cash charge on early retirement of convertible senior notes. In addition, the Company's non-GAAP measures exclude the special expense items related to the acquisition. The Company's management uses non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share to evaluate the Company's current operating results and financial results and to compare them against historical financial results. The Company excludes stock-based compensation, non-cash interest expenses, acquisition related costs and the related tax effects primarily because they are significant special expense estimates, which management separates for consideration when evaluating and managing business operations. In addition management believes it is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in evaluating the Company and provides further clarity on its profitability.

In addition, the Company believes that providing investors with these non-GAAP measurements enhances their ability to compare the Company's business against that of its many competitors who employ and disclose similar non-GAAP measures. This financial measure may be different from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by the Company's competitors to the extent their non-GAAP measures include other items. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered a substitute for net income or net income per diluted share prepared in accordance with GAAP.



Linear Technology Corporation
Paul Coghlan, 408-432-1900
Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer

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